|Birth name||Burkett Howard Graves|
|Born||September 27, 1927|
|Died||September 30, 2006(aged 79)|
|Associated acts||Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys|
Josh Graves (September 27, 1927 Tellico Plains, Monroe County, Tennessee – September 30, 2006), born Burkett Howard Graves, was an American bluegrass musician. Also known by the nicknames "Buck," and "Uncle Josh," he is credited with introducing the resonator guitar (commonly known under the trade name of Dobro) into bluegrass music shortly after joining Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys in 1955. He was inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor in 1997.
He joined producers Randall Franks and Alan Autry for the In the Heat of the Night cast CD “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” performing "Christmas Time's A Comin'" with the cast on the CD released on Sonlite and MGM/UA for one of the most popular Christmas releases of 1991 and 1992 with Southern retailers.
- 1942 Joined the Pierce Brothers playing in Gatlinburg
- Played with Esco Hankins and Mac Wiseman
- Joined Wheeling, West Virginia's WWVA Jamboree with Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper
- 1955-1969 Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys
- 1969-1971 Lester Flatt's Nashville Grass.
- 1971-1974 Earl Scruggs Revue.
- 1974 started solo career.
- 1984-2006 performed and recorded with Kenny Baker and also with the Masters including Baker, Jesse McReynolds and Eddie Adcock.
Graves originally joined the Foggy Mountain Boys as a bass player but collaborated with bandmate Earl Scruggs to develop a new style of dobro-picking based on Scruggs' three-finger syncopated banjo style. Graves switched to the dobro; his way of playing helped propel the instrument into becoming one of the defining features of the bluegrass sound. Graves adoption of hammer-ons and pull-offs to combine open strings and fretted notes in rapid scalar passages elevated the Dobro to the level of holding its own with the fiddle and banjo.: 49 Graves played fast and loud but also created extremely sensitive melodic backing to bluesy ballads and slower gospel numbers. Josh Graves is credited as being a major influence on many leading resophonic guitar players, including Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, and Phil Leadbetter among them.
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|Bluegrass Hits Just Joshing||Cotton Town Jubilee||1964|
|Uncle Josh And His Dobro||Cotton Town Jubilee||1965|
|Alone At Last||Epic||1974|
|Josh Graves With Bobby Smith||Vetco||1976|
|Sweet Sunny South||CMH||1976|
|Sing Bluegrass Vol. 2 With Josh Graves||Vetco||1976|
|Meetin' At The Crossroads||Music City Workshop||1977|
|Same Old Blues||CMH||1977|
|Bluegrass Specials:We're Gonna Have A Ball||Cowboy Carl||1979|
|First Breath Of Spring||Koala||1979|
|Sing Away The Pain||CMH||1979|
|King Of The Cobra||CMH||1980|
|Playing It Simple||Vetco||1980|
|Living Legends:Dobro And Fiddle Instrumentals||Old Homestead||1983|
|Something Old, Something New||Atteiram||1984|
|Flying South:Fiddle And Dobro Bluegrass Instrumentals||Ridge Runner||1986|
|Tennessee-Kentucky Favorites||Montana Country||1987|
|Dad The Dobro Man||CMH||1987|
|The Real Josh:Super Sidemen Vol. 1||Amber||1988|
|The Puritan Sessions||Rebel||1989|
|Plays Country Classics||Legend||1993|
|Sings Country Classics||Legend||1994|
|Church In The Wildwood||Legend||1995|
|Live In Port Huron, Michigan||Legend||1995|
|The Graves Situation||Legend||1996|
|King Of The Dobro:A Musical Documentary||CMH||1996|
|Josh Graves Dobro||Rebel||1998|
|Sultan Of Slide||OMS||2000|
|World Famous Dobro||Starday||2002|
|Memories Of Foggy Mountain||OMS||2002|
|Just Joshin'||Red Clay||2005|